Thursday, 4 September 2014

To kill a Rattingbird.

It happened a couple of weeks ago now, but I forget to write about it then and I've just remembered.

I'm quite a lazy Eve player in terms of content. I'm not one of those that will go out of their way to find content, and prefer it to land right in my lap. It's one of the reasons I don't really like planned roams originating in wormhole space. The holes are too random for my liking, and it often ends up being an hour of endless jumps and no killmails to show for it, before culminating in being blobbed by 200 Ishtars or dropped by supers.

Sometimes, however, I'll take the initiative and scan out a WH chain because I'm bored and I find scanning quite therapeutic. I was doing this a few weeks ago when something interesting happened.

I was in a C2 about five or six connections away from our home and I had just finished scanning that hole's high sec static connection. I warped to it to bookmark and as I loaded grid noticed a Rattlesnake perched about 130km above the wormhole. He didn't have drones deployed but he was burning away from the hole, but only at default max speed rather than with some kind of prop mod. 

I spoke up on comms and people started to form. Due to the time of day, we only had a couple of people actually logged in, but we mustered a couple of Ishtar's and other such things. They started to move into position as I burned my Helios slowly towards him. I was tabbing backwards and forwards between tabs as I was moving a DPS character and when I tabbed back into the scout, the Rattlesnake had gone.

I swore loudly and started D-Scanning. My first though was that he'd warped back down to the HS hole and jumped away. My first D-Scan showed that he was still in system though. I started narrowing down and it took me a while to realise that he was actually still above me. He'd burnt so far that he'd gone off grid. At this point, I had a mind freeze and started logging in another scouting alt with combat probes. What I should have done was continue to burn in the same direction. I would eventually have gotten on grid with him as my cloaked Helios is much, much faster than his slow boating battleship.

However, by the time I realised this, my combat prober was already en-route and upon jumping into the system, I launched my probes and moved them way off to the far edges of the map screen. Once there, I re-positioned them to where my Helios roughly was, made the scan sphere quite small and scanned.

It actually took me two scans to find him at 100%, as I recently lost my Sister's launcher and wasn't using Sister's Combat Probes. That character doing the scanner also isn't the best at doing so. Two scan passes is normally one too many, but this time Odin was with us and I doubt the guy even saw them. I got close, called the guys to jump in and hold cloak whilst de-cloaking myself and getting tackle. 

Everybody warped to me and secondary points were called. Unfortunately, the downsides of dual boxing showed themselves and I lost the Helios to a single Gecko because I failed to notice I was being attacked while I manoeuvred the other character and started to apply DPS. Despite their being multiple people with multiple points, somehow, the Rattlesnake warped off in low armour. 

Apparently, the person who had the secondary point had been neuted out (you will see how many neuts the Rattlesnake had [none]) and it was probably a case of leaving an MWD on. Somehow, everyone else had also drifted out of point range. 

I was quite angry. Luckily, we had probes in the water and an Interdictor in system so he was fairly easy to re-scan and remove from the gene pool.

What was quite funny was the fact that upon his original warp out, he'd left all his drones behind. So when we caught him the second time, all he had to fight us with were a flight of salvage drones. 

After he died, I was minded to abandon my own drones, scoop his, launch them and salvage his own wreck with them. I didn't because it would have taken too long so we left the wreck as tribute to very dumb Rattlesnake pilots running Relic and Data sites in a C2 battleships everywhere.

Oh, he had a 1.2b pod as well...

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